New scoring pylon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The iconic speedway just got a major upgrade with a brand new scoring pylon.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway introduced today its third-generation scoring pylon on the main straightaway of the icon 2.5-mile oval, just south of the entrance to Gasoline Alley. The new plyon, made by Panasonic, feature full LED panels on all four sides providing improved messaging capabilities to fans that will include animation and video.

Below is a comparison to the new pylon with the previous two pylons used at IMS:

Generation One

Erected - 1959

Height - 78 feet 

Display - Manually operated

Innovations - Lap counter, average speed indicator, positions for 33 cars 

Generation Two

Erected - 1994

Height - 90 feet, four inches

Display - 6,496 30-watt bulbs

Innovations - Multi-face four-panel display with rotating images, modern electronics

Generation Three

Erected - 2014

Height - 92 feet, two inches

Display - 5,280 LED panels

Innovations - Full LED panels, improves messaging capabilities, animation and video

The new pylon was introduced by J. Douglass Boles, President, Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Boles also stated that IMS will start on new video boards around the speedway in 2015. The old pylon had over 6000 lights and plans are currently being made for use of the old steel and wiring in the pylon. A special presentation of one of the numbers is scheduled for this weekend’s Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard. The cost of the new pylon was over one million dollars.

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Series IndyCar
Event New IMS scoring pylon unveiled
Sub-event Special event
Track Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Article type Breaking news